Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi wants the Federal Government to hold a royal commission into Chinese communist influence in Australia, including spying.
The Advertiser reports, Senator Bernardi made the call in Parliament after raising concerns about Chinese state cyberattacks against Australia and claims of spying by Chinese business interests.
Senator Bernardi is also concerned about the ownership by Chinese companies of sensitive Australian assets and the actions of some Chinese students in Adelaide.
The royal commission could be similar to the 1954 inquiry into Soviet espionage in Australia.
In Question Time, Senator Bernardi asked Senate Government leader Mathias Cormann: “Given the long list of concerns, including Attorney-General (Christian) Porter’s statement that ‘We live in a time of unprecedented foreign intelligence activity against Australia’, will the Government establish a royal commission into Chinese Communist influence in Australia?’’
However, Government leader in the Senate, Mathias Cormann, rejected the call.
Senator Bernardi told Peta Credlin on Sky News there is a genuine case for a Royal Commission following endless inconclusive parliamentary inquiries into a number of issues.
Yesterday in the Senate, Senator Bernardi made the case for a Royal Commission into Chinese communist government influence in Australia.